Lavergne pleads guilty to murders, said Shunick stabbed him
LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to charges he murdered Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate, according to a Lafayette TV station.
Lavergne pleaded guilty in exchange for life in prison, according to KATC-TV. They said he was also required by police to show them where he buried Shunick's body, and recreate the actions he took the night of May 19 when she disappeared while riding her bike.
According to court documents, Lavergne said he hit Shunick's bike with his truck and persuaded her into his vehicle. He said she sprayed him with pepper spray, grabbed his knife and stabbed him several times, inflicting what were described as "life-threatening cuts." Lavergne said he grabbed the knife back and stabbed Shunick four times, until she fell over.
Lavergne said he thought Shunick was dead, and took her to an Acadia Parish cane field. There she jumped him and got the knife back, stabbing him in the chest. Lavergne then said he shot her in the head, killing her instantly.
Pate was found murdered in July 1999. A grand jury earlier indicted Lavergne for first-degree murder in both killings.
According to court documents, Lavergne persuaded Pate to leave Lafayette with him in June 1999. When Pate wanted to return, she attempted to steal Lavergne's wallet and keys, but was caught and severly beaten. Lavergne choked Pate with a plastic bag over her head, then tried to hide her body in a house belonging to an aquintance of his, in an attempt to frame that aquaintance.
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